June 7, 2013

Cutest Cousin

Pygmy Mouse Lemur
The size of a mouse and 55 million years old, the nearly complete, articulated skeleton of a newly-discovered tree-dwelling primate has been given a mighty name - Archicebus Achilles, not after the Greek hero exactly, but the long heel bone that marks him as almost one of us.
The oldest primate skeleton ever discovered was recovered from Hubei Province in central China, lending further weight to the theory that primate evolution didn't originate in Africa, as has long been believed.

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